Work in Progress was one of the television dramas with the greatest writing and acting, and its actress, Abby McEnany, was the kind of LGBT person that is seldom seen on screen. However, this was not sufficient to prevent the program from being canceled altogether. Now, a statement has been issued by the show’s producer, Lilly Wachowski.
Right before the team broke for the Thanksgiving holiday, the executives at Showtime broke the devastatingly bad news to Wachowski that the show Work in Progress will not be renewed for a third season. It was a huge disappointment for all. She proceeded by describing how producing the play during the pandemic was “very challenging” and how it had a “grim” and “antiseptic” feeling about it.
Despite this, she was eventually able to rediscover the pleasure in the endeavor near the conclusion of the production of the performance when vaccinations were finally made accessible. She said that when they concluded of the season editorially, the final episodes like train carriages pulling into the station, she was beaming with joy with all we had done.
She was aware of the fact that the entertainment industry will always be a business first, and that Work in Progress would be discontinued due to falling ratings after it had already been shown for two seasons. She said that the program was just nominated for a GLAAD Award and has been hitting top ten lists, but she said that that isn’t enough to overcome the bottom line. When it came time to criticize the network that had canceled the program, she took things to a far more serious level.
She stated that shows like this get trotted out to illustrate how networks and studios are so committed to diversity, but then they get cut before they can establish a viewership. Shows like ours get trotted out to illustrate how networks and studios are so committed to diversity, according to what she said. It might seem like a never-ending loop at times. When does the “commitment and advocacy of diversity” come to an end?
If the answer to that question is at the bottom line of the profits and loss spreadsheet, then maybe you’re not truly involved at all is what she said. If the answer to that question is at the bottom line of the profits and loss spreadsheet. An investment in diversity is not effective if, ultimately, studios and networks excuse cancellations of shows solely on the business line. Those are, as you probably well know, simply your typical investments.
She highlighted that she is grateful to Showtime for broadcasting the program, but that she is not satisfied or glad to simply be here and she made a plea for things to be different. Wachowski proceeded by saying that the industry should be pushed to establish more significant support mechanisms for the art that they help generate. Shows like Gentefied and Vida and South Side are what she said. Shrill and Work in Progress need more substantial commitments than just a confluence of art and business or a bargain with the devil.
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